Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Family Representative Council’s authorised spokesperson

Stories / Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Adrian Burragubba is the authorised spokesperson of the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Family Representative Council. He is a member of the Wangan and Jagalingou Native Title applicant and a senior Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owner.

The Wangan and Jagalingou Claim Group rejected the proposed Indigenous Land Use Agreement with Adani Mining in 4th October 2014 by a decision of an authorised Claim Group meeting.

The Family Representative Group at a meeting convened by the Native Title Representative Body – Queensland South Native Title Services – on 22nd November 2014, resolved to object to Adani’s application to the National Native Title Tribunal.

The Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Family Representative Council exercises its right to meet independently as a Traditional Owner council and have authorised Adrian Burragubba to speak on their behalf about their opposition to the mine and their determination to protect their land and culture.

At no time has the Wangan and Jagalingou people consented to a mining lease or the surrender of their native title to Adani Mining.

It is not for Adani to say who should speak on behalf of W&J. Article 18 of the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples says –

Article 18 – Indigenous peoples have the right to participate in decision-making in matters which would affect their rights, through representatives chosen by themselves in accordance with their own procedures, as well as to maintain and develop their own indigenous decision- making institutions.

-March 26th, 2015

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